On your mark, get set, go! Stay up to speed with the 2018 Asian Games

1 day 3 hours ago

After 56 years, the Asian Games are coming back to Indonesia. This Saturday, thousands of athletes from 45 nations in Asia will go for gold in Jakarta and Palembang, the two cities hosting the games this year. Here are some ways you can get in on the action.


Track your country’s victories with Search

When you search for Asian Games on Google Search, you’ll find up-to-date information at the top of Search results. Sprint through the medal tally rankings and recent results to see if your country is in the lead. You can also watch videos of highlights and catch up on top news related to the Asian Games.

Up your Games on Google Maps and Google Earth

If you’re lucky enough to catch the action live in Indonesia, Atung, one of the friendly Asian Games mascots, will show you the best route on Maps when you search for directions. Wondering where your seat in the stadium is? You can sail through the gantries and find it quickly with indoor maps of event venues. And even if you aren’t in Indonesia for the games, you can explore its amazing archipelago, and get inspiration on where to go on Voyager in Google Earth to make the most of your trip.

Can I Play, too? Yes you can.

Head to the Google Play Store and check out selected Asian Games content and deals from Google Play.

Judo-n’t want to miss out on the 18th Asian Games, and with a few helpful tools from Google you will stay close to the action.

DaedTech Digest: So Are You, Like, Vagabonding Right Now

6 days 7 hours ago

Hello all, and happy Friday.  As always on a Friday, it’s time for a DaedTech digest. Last week, I answered a question lots of people ask me: how do you go for months with almost none of your stuff?   This week, though, I’ll answer a simpler question. So, You’re in Michigan…. Do You Like, Live […]

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Erik Dietrich

How to Write Emails People Won’t Respond To: Give Them Homework

1 week 1 day ago

From time to time in your life, you probably need to reach out to someone.  This might be someone you barely know or used to know.  It might be a complete stranger. But if you’re reaching out to them, it’s probably because you want something or need something.  And if they don’t know you very […]

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Erik Dietrich

DaedTech Digest: How Do You Manage without a House Full of Stuff?

1 week 6 days ago

On last week’s digest post, I walked it back to first principles.  What even is slow travel?  This week, I’ll continue with this theme, answering a basic and sort of existential question that people often ask us. How do you live without your stuff? The normal human condition involves a somewhat linear procession.  At some […]

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Erik Dietrich

Hot searches for summer entertainment

2 weeks ago

Ah, summer--the season of hot outdoor concerts and cool, air-conditioned movie theaters. Here’s a glimpse into the songs, artists, concerts and movies that have been heating up all summer, according to Google Trends insights from the past 3 months.


“What did they say?”

Half the fun of any song of the summer is singing along as you’re cruising with the windows down. These are the top trending lyrics people are searching for:

  1. Drake, “In My Feelings”

  2. Childish Gambino, “This is America”

  3. Kanye West, “Lift Yourself”

  4. Drake, Lil Baby “Yes Indeed”

  5. Pusha T, “Story of Adidon”

  6. Drake, “Emotionless”

  7. Drake, “Duppy Freestyle”

  8. The Carters, “APES**T”

  9. 6ix9ine ft. Nicki Minaj, “FEFE”

  10. Post Malone, “Rich & Sad”

Festival Fever

Music festivals have become a summer entertainment staple. Here’s how some of the remaining summer festivals stack up against each other:

  1. Vans Warped Tour

  2. Lollapalooza (Chicago, IL)

  3. Outside Lands (San Francisco, CA)

  4. Austin City Limits (Austin, TX)

  5. Made in America Festival (Los Angeles, CA)

  6. Electric Zoo (New York, NY)

  7. Bumbershoot (Seattle, WA)

  8. Lockn’ Festival (Arrington, VA)

  9. Hard Music Festival (Fontana, CA)

Favorite flicks

Franchise fans have plenty of reasons to head to the theater this summer with sequels topping the box office charts. Here’s how some of the biggest films rank in terms of search interest:

  1. Avengers: Infinity War

  2. The Incredibles 2

  3. Deadpool 2

  4. Ocean’s 8

  5. Ant-Man and the Wasp

  6. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

  7. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

  8. Solo: A Star Wars Story

  9. Mission: Impossible-- Fallout

  10. Sicario: Day of the Soldado


For those on the hunt for family-friendly flicks, here were this summer’s faves:

  1. The Incredibles 2

  2. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

  3. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

  4. Disney’s Christopher Robin

  5. Show Dogs


If you’re looking to score tickets to an upcoming concert or purchase passes for a movie to round out your summer, try our new event search features, or check out showtimes and ticketing options for your local theater. Now, if you’ll excuse me,  I need to go to search for more Drake lyrics...

Being Good at Your Job is Overrated

2 weeks 1 day ago

Let me be clear about something.  This title isn’t clickbait.  I mean it.  But I mean it literally.  Being good at your job is overrated.  We value it too highly. If you’re a long-time follower of this blog, you might think this is a curious sentiment against a backdrop of advocating for practices like test driven […]

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Erik Dietrich

DaedTech Digest: What is Slow Travel?

2 weeks 6 days ago

Last time on the digest, I answered a question about whether or not I viewed myself as a tourist.  While answering that question, I used the shorthand term, “slow travel.”  This week, I figure I owe a definition to anyone that hasn’t heard that turn of phrase. What is Slow Travel? If you Google this […]

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Erik Dietrich

Set your summer schedule with events in Search

2 weeks 6 days ago

If you’re on the hunt for activities to fill your summer calendar, we’re making it even easier to find events in Search. Last year we introduced a new way to look for events near you, and over the next few days we’ll be adding new features to give you personal recommendations, along with more information about events that interest you.


When you search on your phone for things like “events near me” or “free concert” in the U.S., you’ll not only find a list of events from a variety of sites, but also key information about the event, right on Search.

Tap any event you’re interested in and you’ll get an overview of things like time, location, ticketing providers and other information that will help you decide whether to attend. If you’re ready to take the plunge, you can follow the links to buy tickets from the provider of your choice. If you’re still deciding, you can head to the event webpages for more information. We also make it easy to save events and share with others, so you can plan as you go.


We’re also helping you discover events based on your interests. While browsing events, you can tap the “For You” tab to get personalized ideas for things to do near you. You’ll also see trending and popular events in your area to keep you in the loop on the hottest happenings.

You’ll find events from across the web--from meetup and concert sites to individual event listings from organizations and brands you love. We’ve made it easy for sites to mark up their event listings to appear in this experience, with new listings updated quickly. Event sites can follow these guidelines to ensure events are discoverable. .


We'll be rolling out these new features over the next few days. Give it a try to find the perfect dog meetup, local festival or must-see summer concert for you.

The “Everything is Important” paradox: 7 practical methods for how to prioritize work

4 weeks 1 day ago

While the elements of prioritization are simple (i.e. Know what tasks need to be done and rank them). It's far from a simple exercise. To make things easier, we've collected some of the best strategies out there on how to prioritize work into one master list.

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Jory MacKay

Does Niching Make You Less Consultative?

4 weeks 2 days ago

Today I’m going to answer a reader question, what with it being reader question Tuesday.  Last time, I talked about how not to let negative feedback get you down. That seems like child’s play compared to today’s question.  That’s because today’s reader question comes from a reader who is politely asking, “Erik, haven’t you contradicted […]

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Erik Dietrich

Helping more people in the U.K. find their next job

4 weeks 2 days ago

Like anyone who has searched for a job at some point in their lives, I know from experience how hard it can be to find the right role. You can spend days scouring job postings that are scattered across the web, flicking through newspapers or dropping into local employers, yet still struggle to find a job that suits you. Employers may be feeling the impact of this too: three quarters of U.K. employers face talent shortages and have issues filling open positions with the right candidate.

Today, more people are turning to Google to find information about their next role. We have a long history of using our technology to connect people with information, so we’re excited to bring a new job search experience to Google to connect people in the U.K. to job opportunities. This new feature in Search lets you more easily explore jobs from across the web and find job postings that suit your needs and skills.

Starting today, when you search for “jobs near me,” “teaching jobs,” or similar queries in English in the U.K., you’ll have the option to click through to a feature that lets you explore jobs from across the web that meet your unique needs. You can access salary information, reviews and ratings of the employer and different options to apply for a job, or use a location filter to see jobs in the areas that are convenient for you. Thanks to Google Maps, if you’re signed in, you’ll even be able to see how long it would take to commute to a job from your home.

Searching for a job can take time, and keeping up with new jobs that are posted throughout the day can be impossible. Now in Google Search you can save individual jobs with a single tap so that they are accessible across any of your devices. And if you step away from your job search, you can stay in the loop on opportunities that interest you by turning on alerts to receive an email notification whenever new jobs arrive.

The new jobs experience in Search is the result of deep collaboration with the job-matching industry, and benefits both employers and job seekers. We first introduced this experience in the U.S. last year, and it’s now live in several countries. Since launching it, we’ve seen 130 percent more companies showing jobs in Search and connected tens of millions of people around the world to new job opportunities.

In the U.K., we’re working with organizations from across the job-matching industry to bring you the most comprehensive listing of jobs, like The Guardian Jobs, Reed.co.uk, Haymarket, Gumtree, The Telegraph, Reach plc's totallylegal, CV-Library and totaljobs.com. This means anyone searching for jobs on Google will see postings from these sites and many others from across the web as soon as they’re posted. To ensure even more jobs are listed over time, we’re publishing open documentation for all jobs providers detailing how to make their job openings discoverable in this new feature.

This launch also builds on the commitment we made last year to help 100,000 people in the U.K.find a job or grow in their career by 2020. We’re doing that through our Google Digital Garage program, which gives anyone free training in digital skills and products to help grow their career, business or confidence. So far we’ve helped tens of thousands of people find their next job through free training at four city-center hubs and with partners across the U.K.

Whether you’re a recent graduate looking for your first job, a parent supporting a growing family, or simply hunting for your dream role, we hope this new experience on Google will help make the job search simpler and connect you with your next job.

DaedTech Digest: I’m a Perpetual and Proud Gawking Tourist

1 month ago

In last week’s digest post, I addressed a question about whether or life of slow travel is one of constant vacation.  (BTW, the digest posts in general chronicle our life of slow travel).  I said that in some ways it is and in other ways, not so much. This, then, begs the question of whether […]

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Erik Dietrich